As a BBC news trainee, Jacob Hickey started his career in current affairs and went on to work on many award winning projects, including hard-hitting investigations, primetime observational documentaries and historical series. After almost ten years at the BBC, Jacob moved to Melbourne. In 2009 Jacob wrote and directed Inside the Firestorm; a feature length documentary for the ABC telling the story of Australia’s worst bushfire disaster, ‘Black Saturday’. The documentary won Jacob the 2010 AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary.
Jacob’s next project was working as series producer and director on Immigration Nation. The three part documentary was broadcast on SBS in January 2011, and nominated for Best Factual Series at the 2011 AACTA Awards. Jacob then took up the post of series producer and writer on Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta. The high profile series for SBS told the dramatic and tumultuous story of the Vietnamese community synonymous with the western Sydney suburb. The production attracted one of the biggest audiences ever for an SBS documentary, received great critical acclaim, and won Gold and Silver Medals at the New York Film Festival’s International Television and Film Awards.
2012 saw Jacob series producing, directing and writing Dirty Business – How Mining Made Australia, another major historical documentary series for SBS that told the remarkable story of an industry that has shaped the nation for more than 150 years. In 2013, Jacob acted as consultant and writer on the sequel to Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta and is in development on a new documentary series for Blackfella Films.